Germany's Merkel tells Erdogan to halt Syria offensive immediately

FRANKFURT - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday to bring to an immediate halt the military operation in northern Syria, a German government spokeswoman said.
"The Chancellor advocated an immediate end to the military operation," the spokeswoman said in a statement.
The phone call took place at Erdogan's request, she said.
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